Prof Alan Smeaton standing in fron of a whiteboard beside a brainwave sensor

Insight Communities: Good news for students as Flourish participants report improved sleep and nutrition

Submitted on Tuesday, 07/06/2022

Improved sleep, nutrition and understanding of their personal health and fitness data were among the positive outcomes and findings on the FLOURISH module in Dublin City University.

Flourish, a module aimed at enhancing the wellbeing of the student community, has also been running in Insight@UCD. In DCU it is led by Insight’s Prof Alan Smeaton. In DCU, FLOURISH is a module for second year students that is aimed at helping them better understand their own personal health and fitness data and how it can provide insight and guidance to improve their overall health.

The programme delivers practical tips to students for everyday wellness and also aids in improving students’ digital literacy, specifically the awareness of personal health and fitness data and its potential for developing healthier habits.

Students were given a Fitbit Versa 3 to support them throughout this health and wellness journey, providing the guidance and insights to reach their goals. Students used their Fitbits to see how changes they made to their own lifestyles; exercise, sleep, diet, were reflected in their own personal data and how even small changes impacted their overall wellness.

Dr Conor Heneghan, Director of Research Algorithms at Fitbit, gave a guest lecture as part of the FLOURISH programme on the importance of sleep. Read on